A positive atmosphere between Baghdad and the region to settle Kurdistan’s share in the budget … and keep it away from political auctions

02/02/2021 12:10

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Al-Masala: The regional government continues dialogues and meets with many governmental and parliamentary figures to reach an acceptable formula that is consistent with the constitution and public interests to deduct the region’s share of the general budget.

The reporter of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Ahmed Al-Saffar, said that there is great optimism that a breakthrough will soon occur with regard to the region’s share in the budget, adding that the atmosphere for dialogue this year was positive and the regional government had a clear seriousness to reach a final agreement.

The region’s delegation received 13 expanded questions from the Parliamentary Finance Committee about oil production, company costs, the number of employees, exports and imports. All answers were brought, documented with evidence and full data detail.

Most of the deputies, in addition to the government delegation, were committed to the government text in the budget, given that there are understandings between the two government delegations in Baghdad and the region, and this text was built on the basis of rights and obligations to refer to the constitution and the Financial Management Law.

The head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, said during his meeting with the region’s delegation that the discussions with the federal government could not be resolved without the adoption of a national law that guarantees the equitable distribution of natural wealth to all components of the Iraqi people.

The spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, says that the discussions focused on the proportion of the region’s exports, oil and non-oil revenues, and the number of employees and retirees, who receive social grants, adding that the meeting was positive and there is an understanding of the economic situation in the region.

The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, says that the Kurdistan region is always working to establish the best relations with the federal government and solve all problems comprehensively and on the basis of the constitution, stressing that the region fulfilled this purpose, with all its obligations in order to reach an agreement that serves the interest of all Iraqi citizens.

Observers believe that the federal government should not include the issue of salaries in the political conflict, making it a pressure card against the Kurdistan region and resorting to starvation policy towards those who receive salaries.

The regional government spent 8 salaries for employees and workers in the public sector during 2020, part of which was paid by the regional government and the other part secured by the federal government.

According to the statistics of the Media and Information Department in the region, the total sum of the financial amounts distributed for salaries amounted to six trillion, and 500 billion Iraqi dinars, adding that the region has secured 63.8% of the total, while the federal government has insured 36.1% of the total sum of those salaries.

Salim Hamza, a deputy from the Kurdistan Islamic Group and a member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, said that passing the budget without the Kurds is a very dangerous gesture, and a clear message from the Shiites and Sunnis that Iraq is still in the stage of sectarianism and abhorrent sectarianism.




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